Mike Gallagher

Now that the anointed one, Barack Obama, will be the Democrat nominee for President, I'd like to submit just one more chapter to the painful book that is part of what defines him, his close-knit circle of radical activist advisors.

This week in the Chicago Sun-Times, a chilling column appeared which featured an "exclusive" interview with Rev. Michael Pfleger, the Catholic priest whose ugly, racist rhetoric from the pulpit of Sen. Obama's chosen church led to the candidate's resignation from the congregation.

Father Mike, as he is evidently known by people of questionable judgment who support him, wasn't particularly remorseful. In fact, the banner headline quoted him as saying, "This is a dangerous time in America...you have to whisper your thoughts."

Anyone who saw the now-famous video would never confuse Rev. Pfleger's shrieking and ranting from the pulpit with whispering.

One might shrug off the Pfleger and Jeremiah Wright controversies as over and done with, a pesky problem for Sen. Obama that has been effectively eliminated by Obama's denouncement of the church he and his family have attended for many years.

That would be a huge mistake. As my colleague Michael Medved pointed out last week, Barack Obama has referred to Rev. Pfleger as one of his three spiritual mentors (Rev. Wright being the second -- I'm almost afraid of who the third might be). Until quite recently, Pfleger was a key advisor to the Obama campaign.

So let's examine the character and integrity of a man who has been such an important figure in the life of the Democrat who wants to be our next president.

The Chicago Sun-Times exclusive interview was conducted by a writer named Cathleen Falsani, such an over-the-top Obama cheerleader that when her editor told her that Rev. Pfleger wanted to talk with her, she initially refused, saying, "I'm pi**ed at him. How could (Pfleger) do this? He probably thinks I'm a sympathetic ear, but I'm not," she wrote. "I pretty much want to slap him."

But no newspaper type could possibly pass up the big scoop, so she managed to contain her rage long enough to get the big interview.

And something that Pfleger said to her is so stunning that it bears repeating. Again, this is the man who has been one of Sen. Obama's most trusted advisors.

Columnist Falsani asked Fr. Pfleger the obvious question: as a friend and passionate supporter of Obama's campaign for president, how could he do what he did from the Trinity Church pulpit with the cameras rolling?

His reply is one of the most shocking things I've ever heard from anyone in the position of priest, pastor, rabbi, teacher, coach, or anyone in a role of moral leadership.

This is directly from the column:


Mike Gallagher

Mike Gallagher is a nationally syndicated radio host, Fox News Channel contributor and guest host and author of 50 Things Liberals Love to Hate.